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by Old Bruce
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 1189

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Uh, as far as I know volcanism usually involves lava consisting of molten rock that originates from within the earth's crust, not the mantle. But I'm not a geologist. A geologist would agree with that. (And FWIW, I am a geologist) Lava is not mantle, not physically, not mineralogically, not chemica...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2091

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 29
Views: 1693

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

So if scale is the problem, it should for instance it should be possible to simultaneously give good health care to everyone on the west coast of the USA, to everyone on the east coast of the USA, and to everyone living in between. But it is impossible to give good health care to everyone in the wh...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Meh, I think it is due to incompetence and the sheer difficulty of asking one person to run a multi-trillion dollar operation that is supposed to govern 320 million people. Doesn't explain how other countries manage... Do they? Which other countries operate multi-trillion dollar budgets to govern 3...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Meh, I think it is due to incompetence and the sheer difficulty of asking one person to run a multi-trillion dollar operation that is supposed to govern 320 million people. Doesn't explain how other countries manage... Do they? Which other countries operate multi-trillion dollar budgets to govern 3...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 47
Views: 1685

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Reka wrote:I am none of those professions, but I regularly have all of these thoughts except the "trees = air" one.

I am none of those professions, but I regularly have only one of these thoughts, the "trees = air" one.
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 40812

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Flumble wrote:...get some bloody fresh meat here.

I would say this is madness itself.
by Old Bruce
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2091

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

I like rollercoasters but chess frightens me so I don't go on rollercoasters.
by Old Bruce
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 29
Views: 1693

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Old Bruce
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

ijuin wrote:The private sector is more efficient at doing things which generate significant income...

by getting the government to give them more.
ijuin wrote:... The government is better for things which are necessary or useful yet are non-income-generating.

Like giving the taxes paid by poor people to the wealthy.
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 1539

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

SuicideJunkie wrote:... a 50 pack of regular straws filling the second desktop with a rainbow of status colors and countdown timers.

I want to work where you work and I would do crazy amounts of drugs all day.
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

If there really is such a "vast" number of things that governments suck at so terribly, I'm sure it would be easy for you to draw up a list. Go on, I'll wait. Yes, it is rather easy: You'll notice that sonar1313 has listed things the US government has sucked at, generally due to chronical...
by Old Bruce
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 41
Views: 2034

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Shit like this is one of the big reasons I believe our whole telecom system needs to be rebuilt from scratch . If it's not physically impossible to contact someone, without their consent, without valid proof of identity—to the people running the system if not necessarily to the recipient—something ...
by Old Bruce
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 1318

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

Took two hours after finding out who Stanislav Petrov is for the punch line to kick in. [I-am-thick-as-a-brick emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7610

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

↶ you can hardly call it wrong for “failing” to do something it wasn’t trying to do. .... As a social construct, language has important features in common with other social constructs, ... I think language is a biological construct, and it may coincidentally have similarities with some social const...
by Old Bruce
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 2901

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

But why bother with such complicated concepts as AM or PM? The 6/6 standard is not simple enough. i offer you a much better 6/6 standard. in my standard there is no AM/PM, just the value. And the sun still rises at 6 and sets at 6. ... Because it's always 6. 6 all the time. Think of it: just the 6,...
by Old Bruce
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 2901

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

You call it six/six time; I call it [half a dozen]/[half a dozen] time... Oh, and BTW, 6/6 is not "4/4 with triplets" . At best, 6/6 would be 2/4 with triplets. But I don't know how to draw a "1/6 note" . Given that the flags are binary (one for 1/8, two for 1/16, etc.), I would...
by Old Bruce
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0349: "Success"
Replies: 113
Views: 25768

Re: 0349: "Success"

It just struck me what a perfect metaphor for life this comic is. Start out young thinking your brilliant new ideas will make you uniquely rich and famous. Then settle for just being an excellent example of an ordinarily prestigious profession. Then settle for being an ordinary example of that pres...
by Old Bruce
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2612

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

(Now try plotting their years of death . Right now !) That is what the NSA and Secret Service people see. Nice talking with you. [wicked-smiley-face emoticon] Oh shoot! I'll have to have another stab at that so that it doesn't poison my reputation. Nah, just let auto-correct change reputation to re...
by Old Bruce
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2612

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Soupspoon wrote:(Now try plotting their years of death. Right now!)

That is what the NSA and Secret Service people see. Nice talking with you. [wicked-smiley-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 2420

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Soupspoon wrote:What Randall doesn't know is that actually those dots are all points on a Radar Plot. Something to do with responses to Rorschach tests, I think.

... probable responses to Rorschach tests...
by Old Bruce
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2612

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

I find it amusing that the current presidents of the US and Russia both have surnames that so readily lend themselves to fart jokes. As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine." That mad...
by Old Bruce
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3396

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Mikeski wrote:
jgh wrote:Argh! I'm now stuck worrying about cat food and baby food!

Just feed the baby food to the cat and the cat food to the baby, to avoid any potential cannibalism.

Okay but I still worry about the bird seed.
by Old Bruce
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7610

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I have found myself identifying non-native English-speakers by their flawless use of English about as often as I have been able to identify a native speaker of a Germanic of Slavic language by distinctive grammar slipping through into their English. Honestly, the moment when you finally figure out ...
by Old Bruce
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7610

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Oh, jesus fucking christ on a lemon-yellow pogo-stick." I am so keeping that one up my sleeve for the next team meeting. I have it on good authority that if you put an "H." between the "jesus" and the "fucking" then you can't be accused of blasphemy. [trust-...
by Old Bruce
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7610

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I think there is a genuine point about misunderstanding. It's true that most of the time, you know what the person means, but on the basis that the average utterance has more listeners than speakers, and all the more so for writers and readers, the onus ought to be on the speaker/writer to make the...
by Old Bruce
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7610

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I think there is a genuine point about misunderstanding. It's true that most of the time, you know what the person means, but on the basis that the average utterance has more listeners than speakers, and all the more so for writers and readers, the onus ought to be on the speaker/writer to make the...
by Old Bruce
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 3094

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Who would win in a fight, the Hulk or a high pressure jet of chlorine trifluoride? Whichever it was, it'd be angry and green. Call me when it's all over. Warn me before it starts! It hasn't started, so consider yourself warned. Well played , well played indeed. I walked into that one for certain, m...
by Old Bruce
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 3094

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Soupspoon wrote:
netsplit wrote:Who would win in a fight, the Hulk or a high pressure jet of chlorine trifluoride?
Whichever it was, it'd be angry and green.

Call me when it's all over.

Warn me before it starts!
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 3094

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Showsni wrote:The emoji's just showing up as a square for me. Do I need to update Google Chrome or something?

We all need to ignore emojis. [eschew-obfuscation emoticon]
They add nothing but confusion and at best are merely annoying. [old-man-shaking-his-fist-at-the-sky emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4558

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

When I peeked ahead at the end, my brain didn't parse the rest of the sentence and interpreted the final ultra-massive candidate as "SPACE HEAVY". Can we... Can we just call dark matter Space Heavy from now on? After a great deal of thought and much debate I will join you in calling dark ...
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4558

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Vampire Space Bees. This might also explain the disappearing bee colonies here.
Oh, and it would be Teapots all the up cause we're talking about space which is mostly up when I look at it.
by Old Bruce
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4612

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Reka wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:...
... a singularly unsatisfying way to vent one's ire

Now there is a clue for the ages.
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4612

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

But if you solve it, you'll inherit Randall's vast fortune! That could be interesting or not, depending if ended up with a bunch of 1950"s stars in a mad, mad, mad dash to Los Angeles, or a Mary-Sue retread of 80's pop culture. San Diego area to be the pedant which I can be at times. Santa Ros...
by Old Bruce
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 19
Views: 2458

Re: 2031: "Pie Charts"

Mix and match:

15% of charts ...
30% of charts ...
40% of charts ...
45% of charts ...

are deliberately misleading.
are utterly useless.
are of the wrong sort.
accurately depict useless information.
are designed to obfuscate.
by Old Bruce
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 5351

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

I loved this comic. One of those instant classics. As a software engineer, the idea of software so bad you have to wear gloves the handle the medium its stored really hit home. I see an awesome practical joke here too, to put on gloves and safety goggles the next time I have to review code from a c...
by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 39046

Re: 1344: "Digits"

I play Threes more than 2048 (and I've played Threes! for years), but I really don't notice numbers that would make good Threes! combos (6321?). sorry if this is a bad necro and I created my account to post here I don't mind, but then I also don't matter... I just finished a game of 2048 and then c...
by Old Bruce
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 4850

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Soupspoon wrote:Have you tried logarithms?

This may be the only thing about this cartoon (and all the comments) that I understand, just can't recall the original reference. So I'll give you an internets for it.
by Old Bruce
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 2713

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in? You only require a subscription if you are wont to take long walks... [splas...

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